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THE THREAD [06.06.08] :: Move Along


Rooting for a trade. That's what C&F will be doing now that Reese Havens has been selected by the dark and twisted heart of all evil in baseball, the New York Mets.

For those who don't know the backstory here, the Cubs were seen in 1969 as baseball's inevitable team. Here, the thinking went, was the group that would break the curse.

Not so much.

You've probably heard of the Miracle Mets? Yeah, that was in 1969. The Cubs collapsed down the stretch, the Mets surged and the Cubs were locked out of the postseason.

That is why I hate the Mets.

That, and they have this guy.

In any case, Haves was the second Gamecock taken in the first round. Justin Smoak went to the Texas Rangers, an unoffensive enough team. As long as the Rangers seem to regard pitching as a mere nuisance rather than an important part of the game, though, Texas is going nowhere fast.

James Darnell goes to the Padres who have the opposite problem and really need all the offense they could get.

Hey, maybe they could trade for Reese Havens ...

Speaking of evil, the Team from the Upstate didn't have such a good day in the MLB draft. If, by not a good day, you mean "completely locked out of day one," which is of course exactly what C&F means.

The Tigers did not have anyone taken through the six rounds of the Major League Baseball draft Thursday. Junior starting pitcher D.J. Mitchell — projected to go in the opening five to seven rounds — figures to go soon today.

But the further Mitchell drops, the odds could increase that even the one key player Clemson expected to lose could return next season.

He might be the only one. Some of the Tiggers players are bailing out.

Spurrier going nowhere. Person gives us that assurance based on HBC's appearance at a football camp.

The point is that Spurrier clearly still enjoys coaching and teaching. And the notion that his decision to make his son the primary play-caller this fall can be viewed as a sign that Spurrier is ready to move into more of a CEO role is off base.

Spurrier is no CEO. And though he saw the need to delegate more of the offensive responsibilities, it will still be his show.

I don’t think Spurrier will be one of these guys who coaches into his 70s as what amounts to a figurehead. When his knees get too creaky that he can’t jump into the quarterback drills, Spurrier will get out.

It is a valid question, to be sure, but it's good to see that Spurrier still has the fire. And while C&F has refrained from saying too much about the play-calling hand-off, both because he wants to see what happens and because he's going to talk about this more in a couple of weeks, it could have more to do with getting Spurrier Jr. a job than easing Spurrier Sr. out of one.